Choosing the Right Deck Material

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If you are in the market to have a new deck built, you may be surprised to find all the options available for decking materials. It may even be difficult to decide which material is best for your needs. Here is a look at various types of material that you could use for a deck.

Redwood Decking

Redwood is a popular, high-end decking material that has been used for decades. Redwood is available in two grades of wood, sap and heartwood. The sap is typically more popular because it cost less than heartwood. Due to the acids in the wood, redwood requires the use of stainless steel fasteners.

Cedar Decking

Cedar wood is grown in the upper northwestern part of the U.S. and Canada. Cedar is also available in a knotty (sap) or clear kiln (heartwood) grade. A sealant must be applied to cedar decking to preserve it against the weather and elements. If you choose cedar for your deck, expect it last between 10 and 15 years.

Composite Decking

This decking material has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially as means to conserve the environment and use recycled materials. Composite decking is made of a plastic material of either polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride mixed with wood particles. The plastic component comes from recycled products such as soda bottles, milk jugs, and sometimes new plastic materials. Composite decking comes in two types, either hollow or solid boards. Although composite decking tends to be pricier than its wooden counterpart, the fact that it is low maintenance can offset the cost for some people in the long run.

When choosing the right decking material for your home, discuss your needs with a contractor such as Mid-Tenn Fencing. Our qualified specialists will discuss decking material options with you. These materials mentioned above are only some of the most popular types of decking materials. To find out more information regarding other decking options, contact Mid-Tenn today at (615) 890-9144. We service the areas of Murfreesboro, Mt. Juliet, and Nashville, Tennessee.

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